A student who had recently completed 5th grade at Northridge Elementary School in Springfield, has died from a possible drowning, according to Panama City, Fla. news reports.

Northridge Elementary School student dies from possible drowning

A student who had recently completed fifth grade at Northridge Elementary School in Springfield, has died from a possible drowning, according to Panama City, Florida, news reports.

Merrick Dillard, who also played football for the Northridge Bearcats, was found on Friday by Panama City Police next to a pool at Landmark Condominiums in Panama City, according to WJHG-TV.

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Police attempted life-saving measures on Dillard but he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, the station reported.

“The NELSD family is heartbroken to share that Northridge student Merrick Dillard passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 7,” a post on Northeastern Local School District’s Facebook page said.

GoFundMe campaign collecting donations for the Dillard’s family has been set up by the Northridge Bearcats football team.

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“It is with great sadness we share the loss of one of our beloved Bearcats,” the campaign’s description said. “Merrick Dillard #15 passed away after a tragic accident.”

The campaign is asking for $5,000 in donations, “to support the family in this tragic time.”

As of Tuesday morning the fundraiser had already raised $4,126.

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